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Dienhart: My Week 8 Big Ten bowl projections

Northwestern became the first Big Ten team to reach bowl eligibility with its 21-13 win at Minnesota. Wisconsin also enhanced its bowl prospects with a dominating 38-14 win at Purdue, as the Badgers now look like the clear favorite to represent the Leaders Division in the Big Ten title game. And Iowa asserted itself as a factor in the Legends with a stunning 19-16 double-overtime triumph at Michigan State. But no team improved its postseason prospects better than Michigan, which has appeared dominating the last two weeks in whipping Purdue, 44-13, and crushing Illinois, 45-0. The Wolverines are looking more

Counting 'em down: Week 7 top 10 plays

The Big Ten had no shortage of highlight-reel plays in Week 7. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball had four or five of them himself, after all. See my top 10 plays from Saturday’s action in this post. What did I miss? Submit your play as a comment at the bottom of the post or tweet it to me (@BTNBrentYarina). 10. Venric Mark 48-yard TD run 9. Braxton Miller 67-yard TD run 8. Akeem Hunt 81-yard TD run 7. Tyler Scott sack-fumble seals Northwestern win 6. Montee Ball lowers the boom on run 5. Devin Smith avoids several Hoosiers on second

Power Rankings: Badgers, Ball making moves

Montee Ball and the Wisconsin offense sure look like they are back. While still not nearly as explosive as last season’s unit, the offense has found its footing. After all, it went for 645 yards of offense in its 38-14 win at Purdue. But where do the Badgers land on  my Week 8 Power Rankings? Find out in this post. 1. Ohio State (7-0, 3-0). The Buckeyes marched to 7-0 with a less-than-vintage 52-49 win at Indiana. And, there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight to the losing. But that defense? Well, I’m a bit concerned. Still, this

How did we do? Week 7 picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 8, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 7 predictions. Dienhart led the way, at 4-1, good enough to move him into sole possession of first place in the season standings. BTN.com fans and myself both went 3-2. SEASON RECORDS Tom: 48-14; .774 BTN.com fans: 47-15; .758 Brent: 45-17; .726 Iowa 19, Michigan State 16 (2 OT) Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 21-20 – The Spartans will win this slugfest in the fourth quarter and will see their defense score a touchdown—or at least set

Tom's Top 10: Who's it going to be in the Legends?

Another week of Big Ten football in the books, another chance to offer some thoughts from around the conference. See my 10 observations—some whimsical, some fact based, some opinionated—from Week 7. 1. Yes, Ohio State is 7-0 and the offense is playing great. But I remain concerned about the defense. On Saturday, the Buckeyes yielded 49 points to Indiana after allowing 38 last week to Nebraska. IU also had 481 yards of offense with 352 coming through the air. Ohio State ranks No. 10 in the Big Ten in total defense (400.0 ypg) and No. 8 in scoring defense (24.6

DiNardo's Week 7 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about Week 7 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [RELATED: Dienhart: What I learned in Week 7] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations #ILLINI every coaching transition is different -this one is obviously one of the more difficult ones – major style change — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) October 14, 2012 Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI – A year from now the Illinois coaching transition could look much different

Ball sets record, lifts Wisconsin past Purdue

Montee Ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns to help Wisconsin beat Purdue 38-14 on Saturday afternoon. James White added 124 yards rushing for the Badgers (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten), who outgained Purdue 645 yards to 252. The Badgers pounded out 467 yards rushing in the rain. Ball moved past Texas Tech’s Taurean Henderson and now is alone in third place in NCAA history with 72 total career touchdowns. [RELATED: Montee Ball ties, breaks Big Ten TD record] Akeem Hunt ran for 85 yards and a touchdown for Purdue. The Boilermakers (3-3, 0-2), who were coming

3rd quarter recap: Wisconsin 24, Purdue 7

Wisconsin gained 113 yards on the ground in the third, and the Badgers now lead 24-7. Wisconsin stifled Purdue’s offense, giving up just -6 total yards in the quarter. The Badgers have scored 24 unanswered points. Wisconsin expanded its lead to 24-7 thanks to a two-play, 72-yard drive that ended when Montee Ball pounded in a 67-yard touchdown run. The run was the longest of Ball’s career and it tied him for the most touchdowns in Big Ten history (71). Congratulations @M_Ball28 on tying the big ten TD record! #Badgers — Kevin Zeitler (@kzeit70) October 13, 2012 The Badgers will

2nd quarter recap: Wisconsin 17, Purdue 7

Wisconsin scored 10 points in the quarter, and the Badgers now lead 17-7. Wisconsin racked up 110 passing yards and 111 rushing yards in the quarter. The Badgers had four long plays in the quarter, including Montee Ball’s 20-yard run. Wisconsin has scored the last 17 points. The Badgers broke the 7-7 standstill when Ball ran three yards to paydirt to clinch a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Wisconsin kept the ball on the ground during the drive, throwing only two passes. The Badgers added to their advantage when Kyle French drilled a 30-yard field goal, putting a bow on a

1st quarter recap: Wisconsin 7, Purdue 7

Wisconsin’s Jacob Pedersen caught a 21-yard touchdown pass in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 7-7 at the end of the first. Purdue scored when Caleb TerBush turned a quarterback sneak into a one-yard touchdown run to finish off a two-play, 53-yard drive, giving the Boilermakers the game’s first lead. Purdue’s drive was highlighted by TerBush’s 52-yard pass. The Badgers tied the score at seven apiece after Joel Stave found Pedersen open for a 21-yard touchdown pass to cap off a five-play, 75-yard drive. The Boilermakers have the ball at their own 45-yard line to begin the second